The tradition lives on

The church year knows a rough number of marian feasts and marian commemorations. May is considered to be the classic month of the virgin mary. Pre-christian spring customs were taken up by various christian celebrations. The "may prayer" was the origin a request for a good harvest, similar to the processions in the fields ("bitt-tage") that ask for a blessing for the fields and fruits in this season. Starting from italy, france, switzerland and austria, the may devotions with a marianic character spread in the first half of the 19th century. Also in germany at the beginning of the twentieth century. In oerlenbach, the game of may is a popular practice.

They were connected with "may sermons", which emphasized the importance of these devotions. May devotions and may sermons also called for marian piety, which appealed to people emotionally. The flowers and bleeds symbolize mary in her gracefulness; she is called "the most beautiful flower" sung.

Also in oerlenbach there is a special need, which is cultivated with much love. "Ever since music has been played in oerlenbach, the maianspielen has been a tradition", explains otmar lutz of the pensioners band of the music club oerlenbach. Around 1960, however, this fell asleep, the cause of which is unknown to this day. In 1995 the band of pensioners took up this tradition again. Whereas in the past, depending on the direction of the wind, the songs of the virgin mary sounded either from today’s sports field or from the road to ebenhausen, today musicians and residents meet at the sebastianikapelle in the kapellenstrabe.

The band of pensioners played various marian songs such as "mary queen of may", "O heavenly queen". "Meerstern ich dich grube" or "bless you mary, where the listeners were allowed to sing along. In between, lutz recited sensual, touching, meditative thoughts under the motto "come and go. Like the change of seasons, the human being is subject to constant change. One is born and leaves at the end of life. The chapel has since 1820 a rough meaning for the community of oerlenbach and was subject to the law of "come and go". Initially built as a small temple on the land of an oerlenbach burgher, because the village was spared from a typhus epidemic, it had to be replaced 50 years later by a clay chapel.

The chapel underwent a further construction phase after the 1st world war. World war I, when august muller returned unharmed from the battles against russia. Despite initial difficulties, the current chapel was completed with the support of the community of oerlenbach and an architect from wurzburg. After the first world war it served to commemorate the fallen of this war, with the second world war further senseless fallen were added, who had to be commemorated in deep mourning. The congregation called the "praised procession" as thanks for the fact that oerlenbach was largely spared war damage. So the "maianspielen" remained subliminally also a prayer of thanksgiving for 73 years of peace in our country – and at the same time a prayer of supplication that it will continue to remain so.